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Not healthy yet

CHURCHGOERS are used, these days, to hearing that they are a dying breed. Seldom a month goes by without another poll or survey that plots some aspect of the Church’s decline

Heaven in ordinary

THOSE who attend weekday services may have observed that the liturgical colour green quietly returned last Monday. There are two flashes of gold to come

God’s will be done

MANY Anglicans have joined in the Archbishops’ Pentecost prayer initiative “Thy kingdom come”. Many did not — the trickle-down of information about the initiative was patchy. But since all are enjoined regularly to pray for the Church and the

Anti-Semitism, again

EVERY time there is an eruption of anti-Semitism, it has several consequences, few of them beneficial

Looking upstream

“STICK two poems up in a bus shelter and call it a university.” Tony Blair was the subject of this one-liner, written by the late Victoria Wood for one of her plain-speaking dinnerladies

Pay restraint

IT WAS not Bob Dudley’s fault that the oil conglomerate BP lost £4.5 billion last year. Nor, perhaps, can Mr Dudley be blamed, despite being chief executive, for the thousands of job losses at the company, or for the frozen pay of the remaining staff

Messy Church

THE secretary-general of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), the Rt Revd Dr Idowu Fearon, has given a robust answer to the ACC’s stay-at-home critics. The communiqué from the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury in January had not been ignored

A case of avoidance

THOSE who complain about tax avoidance are often themselves complained about. Nobody wants to pay more tax than they must, it is said; and besides, it is not avoidance — merely tax efficiency. This argument might hold water for odd sums moved from one domestic account to another, or from one tax yea...

Answering the terrorists

"To express a moderate opinion, or support for a beleaguered minority such as the Christians, becomes an act of courage"

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THE historical root of Christianity has a different significance for different people. It remains integral to the faith, however. Those first accounts of the Easter events have been presented in miriad ways, but few dismiss them as fiction


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FIVE years ago, Dr Zaidoun Zoabi was a university professor working in Damascus. “The first time I chanted freedom it took me a couple of minutes amongst the crowd to say ‘f. . . f. . . freedom’

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Sat 28 May 16 @ 14:53
THE General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved the joint Columba Declaration with the Church of England